Obituary DIANE WEBB (1938 – 2022) – SeaTac, WA

Diane Webb died on March 13, 2022 of Lewy body dementia. On the Sunday afternoon of her death, the sun rose and the wind flew, a fitting farewell to the Pacific Northwest.
Diana Jane was born in Seattle, but her proud Norwegian roots were in the family’s first home in Ballard, where her father worked in shipyards during the war. Her father called her “DianaJeanapunkinapieface Epumsgirl,” and her smile would light up the room.
The family soon moved north to Burlington, where they started what would later become known as Ekrem Hardware, now in its seventy-fifth year. The small town atmosphere, knowing your neighbours, created strong bonds between family and friends that lasted her whole life.
I excelled in studies, and after high school I attended Pacific Lutheran College. After a 7-year teaching career, I pursued a graduate program at the University of Washington for a master’s degree in library science.
While working at the State Capitol Library in Olympia, she met her future husband, Bill. They married in Burlington Lutheran Church and settled in Centralia, where their daughter Julie was born. Over the 28 years there, forming lifelong friendships with neighbors, fellow church members, and business partners, Diane became known for her intelligence, kindness, determination, and integrity. When times were lean, she rolled up her sleeves and went to work, as an accountant, volunteer money manager, reference librarian, and student advisor. When Bell left the industry to become a consulting forester, she kept the books and paid the bills, all while being a wife, mother and “the one who took the stray cats.”
In 1994 Bill & Diane moved north to Skagit Valley to be closer to her family, first settling on a small plot of farmland where the rich soil provided her an ideal outlet for her love of gardening. She made flower beds in every corner of the property, and when Bill wasn’t watching, he planted flowers in his vegetable garden—”just until I find the right place to put them.”
Later in life, the couple moved to Shelter Bay, across the channel from La Conner, where they moored their boat, BackSoon, and turned most of the summer into boating on the Bay Islands and beyond. New friendships developed, some formed while exploring islands in the north, others rekindled with former high school classmates.
Diane and her daughter were ‘two peas in a can’, and Diane has always been a keen and proud watcher of her career and progression throughout her life. They have developed a mutual love for books, reading and the Norwegian side of family history, often sharing “good readings” and translations of old letters.
Diagnosing Lewy body dementia with aphasia is difficult and harsh. Diane fought it with everything she had, with courage, determination and an unwavering will that you can read in her eyes. Despite all of that, she was able to form the charity project Diane Books to provide reading materials for children in a local program called Family Promise.
She died at home with her family at her side, and there would be absolutely nothing for us. Her family will long remember the support and sympathy of the caregivers who treated Diane as one of them during her last days.
Diane is survived by her husband, Bill Webb. Daughter of Julie Webb; Brother Ken Acrim (Sandy); Cory Ikram’s nephew (Aniko Kis); niece Amy Lino (Mika) and her children Lucas and Elsa; Bill’s brother, Tom Webb (Joyce) and their family; Stephen, Andrea, Gacy and a group of loving friends and family.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on June 17, 2022, at Salem Lutheran Church, 2529 Laventure Street, Mount Vernon, Washington; This will be followed by a lunch to which all are warmly invited. A private burial service will follow at a later time.
A memory can be made in the form of donations to:
• The Skagit Valley Family Promise – https://familypromiseskagit.weebly.com/give.html
(Note: In Memory of Diane Webb)
• Hospice in the Northwest – https://www.hospicenw.org/foundation/give/
• Your local library
Or the charitable organization of your choice

Published by Bonney-Watson from Apr 23-April 24, 2022.

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